"Superman: "Superman vs the Rainmaker"": The Rainmaker arrives at B. Drexel Rutherford's mansion, predicting it will rain in 5 minutes, in which he is correct. He then offers Rutherford a deal - Rather pay him or have his Imperial Valley Dam destroyed. Rutherford declines, believing him to be bl


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World's Best Comics #1 is an issue of the series World's Best (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1941. It was published on February 10, 1941.

Synopsis for Superman: "Superman vs the Rainmaker"

The Rainmaker arrives at B. Drexel Rutherford's mansion, predicting it will rain in 5 minutes, in which he is correct. He then offers Rutherford a deal - Rather pay him or have his Imperial Valley Dam destroyed. Rutherford declines, believing him to be bluffing.

However, in the ensuing weeks and days, strange occurrences happen, all predicted by the Rainmaker, such as the employees' picnic being ruined by unexpected rain and two important executives of Rutherford's company drowning in violent storms.

Superman eventually gets the location of the Rainmaker by interrogating one of his goons, leading him to Rainmaker's lab in Millerton. Superman defeats Rainmaker's giant boa and goons with ease but is stopped in his tracks by his Paralysis Gas Gun.

Superman however soon recovers, defeats Rainmaker and diverts the flooding from the dam to an empty arid desert. As Superman helps to land an endangered plane that Lois Lane is on, the Rainmaker reappears and takes her hostage, but Lois fights back, causing him to shoot but Superman blocks the bullet before it can do any harm. The Rainmaker attempts to flee before hitting his head on a rock, the blow killing him.

Appearing in Superman: "Superman vs the Rainmaker"

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Synopsis for Red, White, and Blue: "The Super-Tank"


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Synopsis for Crimson Avenger: "The Ambassador"

An Ambassador from Bolivinia attempts to visit Lee Travis' friend the Governor, but is kidnapped and impersonated. The Governor's guest Lee Travis spotted the impostor, changes clothes, subdues some thugs, and rescues the Governor from an attempted kidnapping.

Appearing in Crimson Avenger: "The Ambassador"

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  • Gans, kidnap gang boss
    • Oskar, ambassador impostor
    • two others

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  • Governor
    • his assistant
    • three cops
  • Ambassador of Bolivinia (wears a monocle) (Single appearance)

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  • Ambassador's Credentials

Synopsis for Johnny Thunder: "Johnny Drives a Truck"


Appearing in Johnny Thunder: "Johnny Drives a Truck"

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  • Mr. Leaps (Single appearance)
    • Leaps & Bounds Trucking Co.

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  • Homer Legion (Single appearance)
  • Mr. Katz (Single appearance)

Synopsis for Young Doc Davis: "Tong War in Chinatown"


Appearing in Young Doc Davis: "Tong War in Chinatown"

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  • Young Doc Davis

Synopsis for Zatara: "The Menace"


Appearing in Zatara: "The Menace"

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  • The Menace (John West) (Single appearance)
  • Gangsters (Single appearance)
    • Spud (Single appearance)
    • Bill (Single appearance)
    • Joe (Single appearance)

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  • Cole (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • Carson City

Synopsis for Drafty #158: "The Buffalo"


Appearing in Drafty #158: "The Buffalo"

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  • Drafty #158

Synopsis for The King: "Adventure of the Nosy Waitress"


Appearing in The King: "Adventure of the Nosy Waitress"

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  • Jim Nelson (Flashback only)
  • Herb Harper

Synopsis for Punch Parker: "The Radium Robbers"


Appearing in Punch Parker: "The Radium Robbers"

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  • Punch Parker

Synopsis for Lando, Man of Magic: "Visit to Neva"


Appearing in Lando, Man of Magic: "Visit to Neva"

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Synopsis for Batman: "The Witch and the Manuscript of Doom"

While James Gordon and Bruce Wayne are having a conversation, they are informed about a recent murder. When they arrive at the place, the butler informs them that his master, Eric Dorne was killed by a witch. Dorne was a famous writer and he left a manuscript about a witch, which was going to be part of his next story. At the crime scene, several people become involved including Dorne's aunt, Dorne's wife and Dorne's publishers.

Pitting their "physiques of breathktaking symmetry" against this sinister mystery, Batman and Robin investigate. He suspects both Dorne's aunt and wife since they both had some connection with witches. However, after examining the evidence, Batman deduces the identity of the killer and prepares a trap for him. Dorne's publisher, who was the real killer disguised as a witch falls for Batman's trap and he gives away his whole plot of publishing Dorne's next story without giving the man any credit. The case is solved and the dynamic duo settle after another achievement.

Appearing in Batman: "The Witch and the Manuscript of Doom"

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  • Melissa Brunt
  • Erik Dorne (Dies)
  • Joshua Grimm
  • Harvey Morrow
  • Jane Ware

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Notes

  • World's Best Comics had that title for the first issue only. It was changed to World's Finest Comics from issue #2 onward.
  • Batman: "The Witch and the Manuscript of Doom" is reprinted in Batman #254 and also in Batman: The World's Finest Comics Archives Vol. 1.
  • The Crimson Avenger still wears his short red cape in this issue's story. It wasn't around for long.
    • Lee Travis's new friend the Governor is not named, nor is his state.
  • "Superman vs the Rainmaker" is reprinted in Superman: The World's Finest Comics Archives, Volume 1. The title was added when reprinted; in this issue, the story is untitled.
    • In this story, Lois Lane is kidnapped for the 12th time.[1]
  • Also appearing in this issue of World's Best Comics were:



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